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first_img News Reporters Without Borders today condemned continuing government harassment of bloggers and their families after Marine Lee, the wife of blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, was questioned by police in a Kuala Lumpur police station yesterday about her husband’s Malaysia Today website.Lee told the police that, as a Muslim woman under Sharia law, she could only speak if her husband allowed her to do so. The ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) filed a complaint against Raja Petra on 23 July about an 11 July article considered insulting to the king. to go further 25.07 – Government goes to war against bloggers using arrests and interrogation Reporters Without Borders today condemned a recent wave of online censorship and harassment of outspoken bloggers as Malaysia approaches its national holiday on 31 August and gears up for early elections at the start of next year.“Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s government is the target of mounting criticism and its response seems to be repression,” the press freedom organisation said. “Citing the need to combat attempts to incite racial hatred or insult the king, the internal security ministry is trying to intimidate dissidents, especially dissident bloggers.”Reporters Without Borders added: “It is outrageous to see a minister threatening to jail bloggers who have managed to create an unprecedented space for free expression in Malaysia. We call for charges to be dropped against bloggers Raja Petra Kamarudin, Nathaniel Tan, Ahiruddin Attan and Jeff Ooi. At the same time, the national press must be allowed real editorial independence.”Malaysia was placed 92nd out of 168 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders ranking of nations according to respect for press freedom.Nazri Abdul Aziz, who holds the position of minister in the Prime Minister’s Department with responsibility for justice, said yesterday that the government would not hesitate to use the Internal Security Act against bloggers who tackle sensitive issues. Under the ISA, someone who is deemed to have threatened state security can be held without trial for two years. Aziz added that the government had until now been “very patient.”Science and technology minister Kong Cho Ha warned last December that the government planned to introduce regulations designed to prevent “ill-intentioned” use of the Internet and the posting of information by bloggers that harmed Malaysia’s “social harmony.”Political commentator and blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin (also known as RPK) was interrogated for eight hours today by police about articles he recently posted online, including one entitled “See you in hell Muhamad son of Muhamad.” He was also asked about the identity of people who had posted comments about his articles. The summons for questioning was the result of a complaint brought against him on 23 July by the ruling United Malays National Organisation.Kamarudin, who edits the independent website Malaysia Today, posted an article on 11 July that is deemed to be an insult to the king and incitement to racial hatred. He claims to be read by more than 300,000 people a day and is known for criticising Prime Minister Badawi and other politicians. He faces a possible three-year prison sentence.Blogger Nathaniel Tan, a member of the opposition Justice Party (PKR), was released on 17 July after being held for four days. Local sources said he was detained because his blog contained a link to a website with information about a corruption case involving internal security minister Johari Bharum. The information was deemed to be a violation of the Official Secrets Act.Last January, the management and former editors of the New Straits Times daily sued two outspoken bloggers, Jeff Ooi and Ahiruddin Attan, over articles they had posted which argued, with the help of detailed examples, that some of its reports and editorials lacked objectivity. February 22, 2021 Find out more Organisation —————————————————— RSF_en MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth News Follow the news on Malaysia Receive email alerts March 17, 2021 Find out more MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments January 29, 2021 Find out more News Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again August 9, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government continues to harass bloggerslast_img read more

first_imgReview the National Forests in North Carolina website for updates and more information at www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nfsnc, and on Twitter at twitter.com/NFsNCarolina. Firefighters control wildfires in Cherokee County Murphy, NC, Helped out by significant rainfall this morning, firefighters have fully controlled two fires that were burning along Tatham Gap Road in Cherokee County, near Andrews, NC. The Tatham Gap Road Fire burned 32 acres on private property. The Spread Eagle Fire burned 27.5 acres on US Forest Service property on the Nantahala National Forest Tusquitee Ranger District. The fires, which were reported over the weekend, were initially estimated at 40 acres each. More accurate mapping allowed managers to refine their sizes. Approximately 10 firefighters from the US Forest Service and the North Carolina Forest Service are continuing to monitor the fire areas. While the cause of the fire is under investigation, it is suspected to be arson. If you see something, say something. If you know of someone deliberately setting fires, call 911. The public is urged to be extra vigilant with fires as we move into the spring wildfire season. Spring wildfire season typically lasts from mid-March to mid-May. Even with recent rain events, we can experience high fire danger after 2-3 days of dry conditions. N.C. Forest Service officials urge citizens to reconsider burning yard debris through the end of May, which historically marks the end of spring wildfire season in North Carolina. Consider alternatives to burning. For more information visit: https://ncforestservice.gov/news_pubs/newsdesk_2020.htm#2020327 Additionally, the National Forests are experiencing higher than usual visitation, especially an increase in dispersed camping. Consider postponing your camping trip. If you do camp, consider using cooking stoves instead of campfires. If you do use a campfire, make sure it is out and cold before leaving your campsite. Stay up to date on current national forest closures at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/currentclosures N.C. Forest Service officials urge citizens to reconsider burning yard debris through the end of May, which historically marks the end of spring wildfire season in North Carolina. Consider alternatives to burning. For more information visit: https://ncforestservice.gov/news_pubs/newsdesk_2020.htm#2020327  Updated April 1, 2020 If you know of someone deliberately setting fires, call 911. The public is urged to be extra vigilant with fires as we move into the spring wildfire season. Spring wildfire season typically lasts from mid-March to mid-May. Even with recent rain events, we can experience high fire danger after 2-3 days of dry conditions. center_img Additionally, the National Forests are experiencing higher than usual visitation, especially an increase in dispersed camping. Consider postponing your camping trip. If you do camp, consider using cooking stoves instead of campfires. If you do use a campfire, make sure it is out and cold before leaving your campsite. Stay up to date on current national forest closures at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/currentclosures Two fires are burning along Tatham Gap Road in Cherokee County, near Andrews, NC. Firefighters are working to suppress both fires, which were reported over the weekend. The Tatham Gap Road Fire is burning on private property and is approximately 40 acres in size. The Spread Eagle Fire is burning on US Forest Service property on the Nantahala National Forest Tusquitee Ranger District and is also approximately 40 acres in size. Approximately 40 firefighters from the US Forest Service and the North Carolina Forest Service are responding. A helicopter is being used to perform water drops to slow the spread of the fire. While the cause of the fire is under investigation, it is suspected to be arson. If you see something, say something. Photo of a strong fire spreading in gusts of wind through dry grass from Getty Imageslast_img read more

first_imgA federal wiretapping trial involving private investigator Anthony Pellicano and five co-defendants was postponed to Feb. 27. U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer on Monday granted a defense motion seeking a delay. One of the defendants, Kevin Kachikian, hired a new attorney and asked for additional time to have the lawyer review the case. The trial was slated to begin in August. Prosecutors opposed the motion, arguing defense attorneys have had enough time to prepare for trial. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more